Glow Worm Tunnel walking track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 2km

  • Duration: 1.5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Old Coach Rd, Newnes Plateau

  • End: Old Coach Rd, Newnes Plateau

  • Location: Wollemi National Park

  • Closest Town:

  • Distance from CBD: 165 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -33.2388366666666

  • Longitude: 150.227696666667

Dont forget to edit the Trail Access and Features for hikes that you know

Trail Access

Click Edit to Add Condition

Select items to indicate conditions for access to the trail.

2WD Access

4WD Access

Public Transport

Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Steep Road

Winding Road

Speed Bumps

Vehicle Ford

Entry Fee

Large Car Park

Small Car Park

Accessible Parking

Accessible Toilet

Public Toilets

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Campfire Pit

Camping Area

Trail Features

Click Edit to Add Condition

Select items to indicate features found along the trail.

Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

Undefined Trail

Prams & Strollers

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Bicycle Trail

Mountain Bike Trail

Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

Alpine Huts

Exposed Ledges

Rock Scrambling

Steep Terrain

Bush Bashing

River Crossings

Scenic Viewpoints

Well Marked

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Overnight Campsites

1
1

Glow Worm Tunnel walking track is a 2km, grade 3 Return hike located in the Wollemi National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.

Summary

Glow Worm Tunnel walking track is a short, easy walking track, only a 2.5hour drive from Sydney. It’s popular with families and Sydneysiders keen to see glow worms in their natural environment.
The track starts from the carpark at the end of Glow Worm Tunnel Road. Enjoy the easy 1km walk to the tunnel entrance, past an impressive landscape of tall forests, lush tree ferns, narrow gorges and stunning pagoda rock formations.
The 400m-long tunnel was built in the early 1900s as part of the railway for the thriving mining industry at Newnes. It’s now home to thousands of glow worms that cling to the dark, damp walls. Switch off your torch, keep quiet, and wait for the worms to light up the tunnel with pinpricks of blue light.
On your way back, look for goannas and lyrebirds. If you’re lucky, you may spot a swamp wallaby or koala. During spring and summer, the walking track is dotted with yellow pagoda daisies, while banksias bloom in the cooler months.
You can also access Glow Worm Tunnel from Old Coach Road or from Wolgan Valley Road near Newnes. If you’re up for a challenge, the 7.5km Wolgan Valley circuit is a 4hr loop that features pagoda and Wolgan Valley views.

About the Region

Wollemi National Park

Getting There

Glow Worm Tunnel walking track is in the Lithgow area of Wollemi National Park. To get there:From Bells Line of Road via Newnes PlateauTurn off Bells Line of Road at Clarence (Zig Zag Railway).Follow the gravel road through Newnes State Forest for 39km.Continue on Glow Worm Tunnel Road until you reach the carpark.From here, it’s an easy 1km walk along the railway formation to the tunnel entrance.From Lithgow via Newnes PlateauThe route is signposted from the corner of Bridge St and Main Street.Turn left at Atkinson Street and after 750m, right at State Mine Gully Road.Continue on Glow Worm Tunnel Road until you reach the carpark.From here, it’s an easy 1km walk along the railway formation to the tunnel entrance. Road quality Please drive slowly along the narrow gravel roads and look out for wildlife. Unsealed roads Vehicle access 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access) Weather restrictions 4WD required in wet weather Parking The carpark is at the end of Glow Worm Tunnel Road, 1km south of the Glow Worm Tunnel. Car spaces are limited during peak times. You can also park at the Old Coach Road carpark and walk along the Pagoda walking track and connect with Glow Worm Tunnel walking track (4km return).

Tips

Please take care in the tunnel as the ground is rocky, uneven and slippery.
It’s completely dark inside the tunnel, so remember to bring a torch.
Try to keep noise to a minimum as glow worms are sensitive to sound.
It’s best to visit during the week or in spring or autumn. It can be very busy and there’s limited parking during summer, weekends, and holiday periods.
Please stay on the walking track to protect the fragile ecosystem in this World Heritage-listed national park.


Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.